by Elizabeth George. Elizabeth is a senior International Studies & Public Relations major. She also is the student worker at St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center.


Happy New Year! (No, I’m fully aware of what day it is and that it’s still November) The 1st Sunday of Advent marked the beginning of the new liturgical year. It also coincided with when the changes to the Roman Missal would be taking place.

As we approach Christmas and the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we are urged to take a moment, slow down and reflect upon the upcoming season. December isn’t all about Christmas Day, you know. It’s about preparing our hearts and readying ourselves for Him.

We can see this in this past Sunday’s Gospel from Matthew 13.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'”

As a student I know that our Advent season can easily be taken over by worries about final exams, preparing presentations and carefully crafting our end-of-term essays. So, here are some websites that I’ve found to be helpful.

  • On the USCCB’s Website (United States Catholic Conference of Bishops) you can find the daily readings. Spend some time reading them each day or even prepare before you go to Mass. You can even subscribe to get the readings sent to your email.
  • Also on the USCCB’s Website they have a general calendar with different prayer activities. This website is full of information, news, movie reviews and other items that make it a cool surfing experience (for the web, that is)
  • As always, check out Austin Catholic New Media  for contributor’s posts from around the Diocese, podcasts, coloring sheets and much much more.